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Mark Nepo | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The sweet blind boy tells everyone who asks that the heart wakes slowly, and only our gentleness -- our willingness to sink into the depth of things and wait -- will let us see and make our way.

Ask, Memory: Interrogation and the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Interrogation differs from reflection. Reflection has a dreamy quality to it, where memories drift in as if harnessed to clouds. Reflection relies on chance. Interrogation is forceful. It's deliberate. It exposes every fact, feeling, and idea that it can.

Aslan and the White Witch

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage speaks to the turning points of resilience that are always near. Aslan and the White Witch We always have the choice to be one who affi...

The Warrior and the Butterfly: A Stranger Reminds Me Who I Am

Darah Zeledon | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Releasing our inner butterfly isn't easy. It takes guts and grit. It also takes confidence and honesty, and requires a willingness to listen to the quiet longings of the heart. And once enlightened, it's up to us to take action toward the rediscovery of our true self.

The One Question to Ask When You Feel Stuck in Relationship

Amy Segreti | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Segreti

The thing that gets me into sticky spots in relationships is often in regards to freedom. I crave it, I grow from it, and I structure my life around it.

The Moment That Made Me a More Compassionate Mother

Amy Heinz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

The other day, I was walking through the grocery store parking lot with all three of my kids. Because I was distracted by the usual chaos of reminding everyone to hold hands, look for cars and get their fingers out of their noses, I was surprised to hear a voice behind me.

A Dream We're Close to Living

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage explores a different sense of destiny. A Dream We're Close to Living I was given an insight when young, which arrived one day in...

Putting the Santa Claus Back in Yom Kippur

Eric Kaplan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Eric Kaplan

"Why have holidays at all?" I asked myself. Why, other than to make money for CVS, do we have Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas? Don't we want to be thankful all the time for the good in our lives?

Fox Reflections: What Does The Fox See?

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
Roeselien Raimond

Foxes don't seem to swim an awful lot. Suspiciously often I see them standing along the waterfront, though. So the question is....what are they doing ...

The Practice of Courage

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

From the outside, being courageous seems a monumental canyon to cross, but inside the opened depth of any situation, it begins with a single step. Th...

Reflect and Rest

Peter Salovey | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Peter Salovey

We become so busy that we forget to rest: we are wrapped up in work, extracurriculars, projects. Everyone should take some time in the coming weeks -- whether you have holidays to celebrate or not -- and enjoy a bit of a break.

Your Reflection Is Perfection

Nicole Glassman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Nicole Glassman

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I stood at the foot of their bed when my dad interrupted me, "Are you getting a little chunky there?" He pointed to my stomach. I looked down sheepishly and said, "No, I am just standing funny." I wondered what he meant. I was only eight years old.

Learning to Fly

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The month and days preceding the Jewish High Holidays are when we do what is called a heshbon nefesh: an accounting of the soul. We talk to the folks we may have had challenges with in the past year and we strive to make amends -- to ask for forgiveness.

Being the Part, Feeling the Whole

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since we're each a living part in a living Whole, one challenging art in being human is to live out our particular life while comprehending the Whole....

Who's the Real You?

Eve Beck | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Eve Beck

Who's the Real You? Are you a weak person? Are you a thoughtless person? Or.... are you a strong, intelligent, caring individual who occasionally d...

Gay, Black and Aging

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

For me, getting older has always been a welcomed process -- a pattern that allows me to gauge how I'm evolving, but at the same time it's a process that allows me to mature emotionally, psychologically, and professionally.

Saying Yes to Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the face of this gritty, mysterious, and ever-changing dynamic we call being alive, it's nothing short of heroic that we are asked to choose life a...

Polishing the Heart

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We all film the heart and we all polish the heart. We all move between these points of wakefulness and weariness. All the while, the resources of life wait like a great sea to cleanse us. This is why we polish the heart into a mirror -- to open and touch the place within us where all life lives, where all hearts feel, where all things resound through the inlet of our soul.

Ducklings All Ditches United

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Roeselien Raimond

On one of my bike rides, I came across one of my favourite topics: baby ducklings! Squeaky brakes and a firm jump immediately brought me at duck level...

The Ostrich and the Pelican

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

In late August, I start thinking about how this summer has gone and remember the highlights of summers past. When confronted with a challenging perso...

Our Journey on Earth

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria is publishing my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores ...

17 August

Maurice Tracy | Posted 10.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maurice Tracy

Mike Brown's face appears in my mind and it is changing, constantly shifting, reflecting the smile of every black child I see. Shivers run up and down my spine.

One String

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Connection and Reflection for Healthy Aging

Rachel Verlik | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

I worry that this is a dying art -- the ability to be unconnected to technology, and to instead focus on in person relationships, prayer, connectedness, and reflection.

TIME OUT! This is Your Life. Reinvention Inspiration

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 10.11.2014 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

If you start with this gift to yourself -- the gift of time and reflection -- you'll be on the way to creating a profound change that you never realized was possible.